Golden State Warriors star Kevin Durant left Sunday’s 115-111 loss to the Phoenix Suns in the fourth quarter after turning his right ankle and did not return.
Despite some initial concern inside Oracle Arena, Warriors coach Steve Kerr did not sound concerned about the injury after the game.
“I think he’s going to be all right,” Kerr said after the game. “He had an ankle contusion, but I don’t think it’s bad. I talked to him briefly, he didn’t seem to think it was too bad.”
The play came with 6 minutes, 34 seconds left in regulation when Durant jumped up to make a pass and came down on Suns center Deandre Ayton’s foot. Durant stayed down for a moment before walking off the floor and going directly back to the locker room with members of the Warriors training staff and general manager Bob Myers.
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The Warriors will monitor Durant’s ankle but officials did not believe an MRI was needed.
Durant scored 25 points on the night. He entered Sunday averaging 27.5 points, 6.8 rebounds and 5.7 assists.
Questions now surrounding Durant’s status couldn’t come at a worse time as the Warriors will have to face a piping hot Rockets team in Houston on Wednesday.
However, coach Steve Kerr expects Durant to be okay, reports from Oracle Arena said.
After tweaking his right ankle against Philadelphia, Durant didn’t miss any time. Throughout the 2018-19 season, Durant has put together averages of 27.5 points, 6.8 rebounds, and 5.7 assists while shooting 36.0 percent from beyond the arc. Golden State dropped to 45-21 in the loss, but still have the best record in the Western Conference.
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